Steamboat Challenge 2018

The 2018 edition of the Steamboat Challenge NRA Action Pistol NRA Action Pistol Regional and WY State Championship is in the books.  A great weekend of Action Pistol competition with top shooters from across the US coming to Cheyenne to shoot "Precision Pistol at Speed" at the Otto Rd Shooting Range.  

The weekend started with the US Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) shooting clinic.  15 people of all skill levels came out for the free clinic provide by these elite handgun marksmen who represent the US Army in domestic and international shooting competitions.  Steamboat competitors and other members of the Otto Rd Shooting Range were able to receive valuable one on one coaching on how to shoot handguns more accurately at moving targets, from around barricades and at distances as far as 50 yards under time pressure.  The AMU does not routinely conduct instructional clinics to civilians so it was a great afternoon and everyone was able to see improvement in their shooting performance.  

The Saturday Regional Championship started with mild weather and then things got progressively worse as the day progressed with a thunderstorm in the afternoon with falling temperatures rain and high winds causing a delay in finishing the match.  The foul weather abated and we were able to finish the program in decent time.  Course of fire was the four traditional NRA Bianchi Cup events:  the Moving Target, The Barricade, The Practical and the Falling Plates.  Total of 192 shots fired with maximum possible score of 1920-192 X.  The Gold medal went to SFC Adam Sokolowski of the AMU with a perfect score of 1920 with 171Xs.  Otto Rd Range member Andy Rayland of Cheyenne fired a new personal best of 1901-133X first time breaking the "1900" barrier received the Silver Medal and finished 1st in Senior Division.  Tim Theno of Kansas City, MO won the Bronze medal with a score of 1891 -141X.  

11 year old Junior shooter and Otto Rd Range member Bridger Steege of Cheyenne finished 1st in Junior special category and 3rd in Rimfire Division  and fired a personal best of 1680-88X along with a near perfect score of 470-47X on the Falling Plates event.  

Weather for the Sunday Wyoming State Championship wasn't much better with high winds causing havoc on the moving target but everyone powered through it.  The match program for the State Championship was the "Texas" Moving Target which involves shooting at a moving target and reloading under time pressure.  Same for the Barricade "Modified" which involved firing on one side of the barricade reloading and shooting from the other side under a short time limit.  Other events were the Practical and the Falling Plates with 192 shots fired and a maximum possible score of 1920-192-X.  Once gain SFC Adam Sokolowski of the AMU prevailed again with another perfect score of 1920-183X.  Bianchi Cup Senior National Champion Jon Stoehr of Burke, VA was second and Curtis Sanders of Greenwood, MO was third.  Otto Rd Range member Andy Rayland of Cheyenne was  the high Wyoming shooter and finished 4th with a 1900-136X.  

Bridger Steege repeated as the Junior Champion and finished 1st in Rimfire Division.  Bridger improved his Regional score firing a very impressive 1757-100X and moved into Expert classification.  

Otto Rd Range member Thomas Mitchell of Potter, NE fired his first NRA Action Pistol Regional and State Championship in Production Division and fired an excellent score 1661-86X which qualified him to be entered in the pool of shooters eligible to receive points toward award of NRA Distinguished. Good show! 

Without volunteers to help with Range Officer duties and Range Operations Steamboat Challenge would not happen.  A BIG thank you to our Otto Rd Range members Wendy Troutman, Wally Daniels, Troy Krawiec, Matt Collins and Tom Chambers who did not shoot the match but graciously volunteered their weekend time to insure we had a safe and enjoyable weekend of competition.  Otto Rd Range members who fired the match events and served as RO’s were Tom Mitchell, Jon Briggs and Marshall Steege.  Thanks again to all the volunteers—without you there is no match!   

Thanks to Steamboat staff members Renee Krawiec who was Chief Statistics Officer and John Granner was the Chief Range officer.  Both had difficult tasks and were indefatigable!  

Click the link below for the results of the Regional and State Championship


For additional information contact Andy Rayland at 307-640-0396 or arayland@charter.net.